Visual Language: Resources


This section provides a summary of the support resources related to the digital media materials taught in the Visual Language course. Click on these links for related information:Technology Requirements page and the Visual Language Digital Media Resources  page. If have any questions or suggestions related to this page please contact Gene Preble (Media Arts Studio Manager) at (617) 879-7298 or visit the SF Cage in South 306.

VL Digital Media Online Resources

The Visual Language Digital Media Resources page provides links to handouts (PDF downloads) and links to sites with resources related to the Visual Language (VL), covering basic digital photography, lighting, printing, scanning and Photoshop essentials.

Click here for VL Photoshop playlist on

The Cage

The Cage Monitors working in the Studio Foundation Cage are your first tier of support and are able to help you with basic questions related to digital cameras,  printing, scanning with AdobePhotoshop. During busy times they may have to place priority on equipment check-out and check-in transactions, however, most of the time, especially during the evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, they are available to help you with basic questions. If you need more extensive help, consider the Digital Media Zone or one-on-one consultations. For more information on SF Cage: click here

Open Computer Lab Hours in Studio Foundation

South 306 (the SF Cage and vestibule)
  • Monday: 8am – 10pm 
  • Tuesday: 8am – 10pm 
  • Wednesday: 8am – 10pm 
  • Thursday: 8am – 10pm 
  • Friday: 8am – 7pm  
South 305 will be available when demand dictates. The other labs may also be available by scheduling a time with the studio manager. 
If you need assistance with your assignment or would like a tutorial on a specific topic, consider coming during the Digital Media Zone. The Digital Media Zones are special open lab hours with an expert consultant in the house to answer your questions and/or provide one-on-one tutoring.

Digital Media Zone Schedule

South 305
  • Tuesdays, 6:45pm – 9:45pm
  • Thursdays, 6:45pm – 9:45pm
This is a good time to come in to work on your Visual Language course projects.

One-on-One Consultations

Students who need extra help beyond visiting the cage or attending the Digital Media Zone are encouraged to schedule a one-on-one session with Gene Preble (Media Arts Studio Manager). These can be scheduled by calling Gene at (617) 879-7298 (office).  Please keep in mind that one-on-one consultations must be scheduled in advance and are subject to availability. 

The Computer Labs on the 3rd and 7th floors of the Tower Building 

Students who need access to a lab on the weekends may also use the Computer Arts Center Labs on the 3rd floor of Tower as well as the Computer Arts Center Video Labs on the 7th floor of Tower (713 or 729, not to be confused with the Film/Video department lab on the same floor). Hours for the 3rd and 7th floor labs are posted on

Additional Resources

MassArt students have access to the entire collection of online software tutorials at

For information on MassArt’s computer lab access, PaperCut and educational discounts, visit Technology at 

Tech Central: Located in the Tower Building. It is the headquarters for the MassArt help desk and maintains a cage with equipment available to all departments. Questions about NET ID, network and wireless access, your school email and supported software can be directed here. Click here for more information.